1st Edition

Contemplative Practices and Acts of Resistance in Higher Education Narratives Toward Wholeness

    292 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    292 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge


    An Invocation of Seven Directions Toward Wholeness

    April E. Lindala, Denise Cadeau, and Cueponcaxochitl D. Moreno Sandoval     





    Meet the Contributors


    Chapter 1: Introduction: Contemplative Practice is an Act of Resistance

    Michelle C. Chatman, LeeRay Costa, and David W. Robinson-Morris


    Part 1: Ever Present and Interconnected: Symphonic Journeys, Rooted Practices

     Michelle C. Chatman


    Chapter 2: Teaching Best What You Most Want to Learn: The Way of the Crows

    Brandon LA Hutchinson

    Chapter 3: Unsettling the Colonial Shadows of Contemplative Practice

    JuPong Lin

    Chapter 4: Cajitas as My Contemplative Practice

    Alberto López Pulido  


    Chapter 5: Contemplative Practices through a Black Feminist Lens: Badassery, For Real Love and Fellowship

    Emerald Templeton


    Chapter 6: Deepening Belonging: A Contemplative Practice of Relational Flourishing

    Aizaiah G. Yong & Yohana Agra Junker


    Chapter 7: Reflections Beyond Fragmentation: A Fractal Reconfiguration

    Vaishali Mamgain


    Part 2: Conjuring Transformation: We Who—Know—Know

    David W. Robinson-Morris


    Chapter 8: Revealing Healing, Wholeness, and Power: Sitting Zazen

    Monika L. Son 

    Chapter 9: From Body Oppression to Body Sovereignty Through Contact Improvisation

     Robin Raven Prichard 

    Chapter 10: From Practice to Purpose: Contemplative Dance as a Method for Moving through Resistance

    Candice Salyers


    Chapter 11: Creative Envisioning: A Contemplative Practice that Promotes Healing, Personal Growth, and Professional Development

    Virginia Diaz-Mendoza


    Chapter 12: On being (a) contemplative in higher education: ‘moving’ through familiar and unfamiliar spaces

    Emmanuelle Khoury  

    Chapter 13: Conjuring Transformation: The Magic is in the Process

     Maria Hamilton Abegunde


    Part 3: Pause

    Chapter 14: Cool Like Jazz: A Loving Dialogue on the Multiplicity of Black Manhood

    Bradford C. Grant with Michelle C. Chatman


    Part 4: Rhizomatic Awakenings, New Plateaus: Rhizomes, Connection, Ruptures, and Lines of Flight David W. Robinson-Morris


    Chapter 15: Showing up Audacious and Bad Ass from the Edges & On the Margins Like My Ancestors

    Phyllis M. Jeffers-Coly 

    Chapter 16: Our Skins are Membranes, Not Walls: A Multiracial Feminist Conversation

    Zahra Ahmed, Anita Chari, & Becky Thompson 


    Chapter 17: Dancing Barefoot in the University: From Burnout to Radical Presence

     Lela Mosemghvdlishvili 


    Chapter 18: Alongside Aaron

    Wendy Petersen-Boring 


    Chapter 19: My Rhizomatic Awakening

    Steven Thurston Oliver


    Part 5: Liberatory Relationality: Cultivating Collective Compassion

    LeeRay Costa

    Chapter 20: Cultivating Belonging: Compassionate Practice and Pedagogy

    Renuka Gusain 


    Chapter 21: Beloved Community as Practice: Grounding Exercises, Care Teams, and Redefining Success

    Meika Loe

    Chapter 22: Why am I talking? Disrupting Dominant Narratives in Higher Education

    Deb Spragg 


    Chapter 23: Contemplative Emergence: How My Contemplative Practices Have Supported Transformative Change in a Higher Education Space

    Ericka Echavarria 


    Chapter 24: Enacting an Indigenous Decolonial Contemplative Mentorship in Higher Education: Meditations on the Legacy of Plenty Fox

    Michael Yellow Bird & Holly Hatton


    Chapter 25: Contemplative Resistance Amidst the Fires of Global Suffering

    Jen Cannon


    Chapter 26: Afterword: A Ritual for Resisting

    Michelle C. Chatman, LeeRay Costa, and David W. Robinson-Morris


    Michelle C. Chatman is Associate Professor of Crime, Justice, and Security Studies, Director of the Violence Prevention and Community Wellness Program, and founding director of the Mindfulness and Contemplative Action (MICA) Lab at The University of the District of Columbia, USA.

    LeeRay Costa is Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies/Anthropology, Director of Gender and Women’s Studies, and Director of Faculty Development at Hollins University, USA.

    David W. Robinson-Morris is former Executive Director of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society (CMind) and inaugural Executive Director of the Institute for Black Intellectual and Cultural Life at Dartmouth College, USA.




    "This book is a wise and wildly creative guide to transforming higher education into a place where we can truly explore what it means to be human and work toward healing, toward becoming whole. Edited and written by some of the most experienced, committed, and grounded practitioners in the field, it includes fearless explorations of the contemplative to increase appreciation of interconnection, impermanence, community, the body, and pedagogies of love. It is the inspiration we need to meet the formidable demands of this time and turn the campus into a home where we all belong." 

    Mirabai Bush, Founder, Center for Contemplative Mind in Society and Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education, USA.

    "In this beautifully written volume, the essayists generously offer their reflections and contemplative practices to academics feeling pressured to show up as fragmented, disembodied versions of themselves. With testimonials and a range of contemplative rituals, this guide can ground readers and bolster their capacity to (re)connect with and rely on their inner wisdom. Mindfully being in conversation with the authors’ insights and engaging in their suggested practices positions academics to move towards wholeness and enhance the fortitude that is necessary to effect systemic change within our institutions and our society."

    Veronica Womack, Associate Director, Inclusive Learning Communities, Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching, Northwestern University, USA.


    "This collection is a balm for an educator’s soul. Full of practical and wise essays, it addresses current challenges in higher education through diverse stories and healing contemplative practices. The anthology offers ways to re-connect with ourselves and one another, re-invigorate our passion for educating, heal from the toxicity of systemic higher education, and re-imagine possibility.  As I read, I felt my exhausted spirit re-integrate with hope. I found myself jotting down ideas for how to bring the wise insights of this collection into my life, teaching, and work. I will be sitting with this collection for a while with deep, deep gratitude."

    Beth Berila, Director, Gender and Women’s Studies, St. Cloud State University, USA.